Born in Germany to German and Russian parents, Peter Lach-Newinsky came to Australia as an infant and grew up in Sydney speaking German at home. After studying English, French, German, Theatre and Political Philosophy at Sydney, Munich and Frankfurt universities, he lived and worked in Germany from 1967 to 1987. He returned to Australia with his wife and son after the Chernobyl disaster.
Peter’s three poetry books are Cut a Long Story Short (Puncher & Wattmann 2014), Requiem (Picaro Press New Work 2012) and The Post-Man Letters & Other Poems (Picaro Press New Work 2010). His awards include the Varuna-Picaro Publishing Fellowship Prize (2009), the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize (2009 and 2010) and the Vera Newsom Poetry Prize (2011). Published in Best Australian Poetry 2015, he has also been twice shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and been runner-up or commended in the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Poetry Prize, the Shoalhaven Literary Award.
Peter lives with his wife Barbara in Bundanoon in the southern highlands of New South Wales. Their twenty-acre working property is designed along permaculture lines and includes 120 heritage apple varieties.
Website: ‹ https://peterlachnewinsky.wordpress.com ›.
Peter’s other website of translations from the German is ‘Passing on the Flame’: ‹ http://peterln.wordpress.com ›.